Study Finds Gold Nanotubes Could Be Used To Treat Mesothelioma
Specialist asbestos-related disease lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have welcomed a recent advancement in the research to help tackle a terminal cancer linked to exposure to the material.
Researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Leeds carried out a study into the treatment of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs most commonly associated with exposure to asbestos often decades previously.
The study, published in journal Small, found that gold nanotubes could be used to treat the disease. Tiny hollow cylinders one thousandth the width of a human hair, the nanotubes would be inserted into the cancer cells, where they would then absorb light, causing them to heat up and kill the cells.
Expert Opinion“Mesothelioma is a particularly difficult cancer to treat. There is currently no cure, and because symptoms often only come to light decades after the initial asbestos exposure has occurred, the outlook for many patients is bleak.
But this latest development may change that by extending the lives of sufferers and giving them more valuable time with their loved ones.
Through our work, we sadly see the devastation faced by many families due to exposure to asbestos, and we welcome this hugely positive step in the fight against mesothelioma.”
Rosemary Giles - Partner
Earlier this year, Irwin Mitchell was appointed to a new legal panel established by charity Mesothelioma UK. This enables those diagnosed with the disease and their families to seek support from specialist lawyers up and down the country, ensuring access to civil claim payments and government compensation schemes.
Following this recent study, Mesothelioma UK is hosting a Mesothelioma Matters Webinar on 30 November, with experts sharing insights into what the breakthrough could mean for future treatment. Register for the webinar here.